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Duluth Edison Charter Schools

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Welcome to DECS Robotics! 



Elementary Program Update 

fll mat Many parents have been wondering about the Elementary Robotics Program.  We are still planning to have a program for students in grades 3-5 second semester.  Look for sign up and further information after the holiday break.  
 
Thanks to generous donations and sponsorships, we have been able to purchase additional robotics kits for our school.  Every kit that we are able to purchase, ensures that more students will be able to participate.  We will do our best to accommodate as many students as possible with our elementary program.  If you know of any businesses or individuals who may be interested in sponsoring DECS Robotics, there is information below on how to do that.
 
Thank you so much for your interest and for your support of robotics programs at our schools.  They provide an incredible experience, with kids learning the value of teamwork and beginning to build robust technical and analytical skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.
 
Warmest Regards,

Steve Ondrus

Robotics Coordinator - DECS

steve.ondrus@duluthedison.com



FLL (First Lego League) News

 
 FLL Table Our six Jr. Academy FLL teams competed at the Marshall Tournament on Dec. 3rd.  We had five rookie teams that were participating in their first FLL tournament action.  The teams were very busy throughout the day presenting their project, demonstrating their robot engineering and programming, exhibiting their core values, and also taking runs on the competition robot tables.  Our teams performed wonderfully and it was a great day for all the students and coaches!  Techno Turtles One of DECS teams, the Techno Turtles, won the Core Values award!  Congratulations to those team members and their coaches.  All students and coaches put in many, many hours to get ready for this competition and a huge congratulations to all!  
 
A special thank you to our great coaches:  Scott Deasy, Steve Graham, Scott Wegler, Tim Ashbaugh, Carly Beckwith, Missy Ross, Barbara Weinstein, and Ryan Kaspari.  They worked very hard this year and without them this robotics season would not have been able to happen.


FTC News

The Duluth Krakens 

 
FTC Bot 2016 Our high school level robotics team competed in their first meet of the year as well on Dec. 3rd.  The team had been feverishly working on the robot all week leading up to the tournament and finally got the robot built, tested, programmed and running at 5:45 Friday - just in time to pack up everything and head down to the cities to check into hotel rooms.
 
The team was busy from 8:00am to 5:30pm running to team judging sessions, having the robot inspected, doing test runs, and 5 preliminary alliance competition runs.  The robot performed beautifully!  One of the ways to score points this season involves pressing beacon buttons to change the color of the lights to your team's color, and our bot was able to navigate the ring and debris and push the buttons really well,
 
Unfortunately the team did not get selected for a final alliance, but they were a finalist for the 3D design and printing award for their incorporation of 3D printed parts on their bot.  It was the first FTC meet for the team and they did a wonderful job!  They are now working hard to improve the bot and get it ready for their 2nd competition on January 22 in North Branch. Columbia Heights
 
They also have created a marketing plan in which they use electronic and other media to update team progress and to reach out to the community.  Check out their website at:  
 
 


To Sponsor or Donate to our Robotics Program:  

To donate, make checks payable to DECS with an indication on the memo line that it is for DECS Robotics and send to:DECC


Duluth Edison Charter Schools

℅ Steve Ondrus

3301 Technology Dr.

Duluth, MN 55811


Or  visit our “go fund me” page to make an online donation: gofund.me/DECSRobotics

  
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